->''You shall not pass!''
-->--'''Gandalf the Grey'''

'''Sir Ian Murray [=McKellen=]''' [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever CBE]] (born May 25, 1939) is a [[ShakespearianActors Shakespearean actor]], widely known for his roles as Gandalf in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' trilogy and ''Film/TheHobbit'', ''and'' Magneto in ''Film/XMen'' ([[http://27.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_le5ts5f9kq1qfti5wo1_500.jpg get over it]]), as well as the title character in his 1995 SettingUpdate adaptation of Shakespeare's ''Film/RichardIII''. He also lent his voice to [[Film/TheGoldenCompass a certain polar bear]], and the Great Intelligence in the 2012 ''Series/DoctorWho'' ChristmasSpecial. He starred with Creator/DerekJacobi in a series called ''{{Series/Vicious}}'', a gay DomCom about [[GrowOldWithMe a long-partnered male couple]].

He's also openly gay and an ardent supporter of gay rights ([[AvertedTrope averting]] NobodyOver50IsGay), advocating it to the exclusion of other causes. He came out to the public in a BBC radio interview when the British government tried to push through [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Section_28 Section 28]], a law that would have prohibited schools from even mentioning homosexuality in any sort of context to students. He notes that, although he'd been out to family, friends, and coworkers, coming out to the general public made him realize that he could suddenly access a new depth of emotion in his acting.

He's also authorized to perform marriages, as he officiated the September 2013 wedding of his friend Creator/PatrickStewart to Sunny Ozell.



* 2017 ''Film/{{Beauty and the Beast|2017}}'' as Cogsworth
* 2015 ''Film/MrHolmes'' as Franchise/SherlockHolmes
* 2014 ''Film/TheHobbitTheBattleOfTheFiveArmies'' as Gandalf
* 2014 ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' as Magneto
* 2013 ''Film/TheHobbitTheDesolationOfSmaug'' as Gandalf
* 2013 ''Film/TheWolverine'' as Magneto
* 2012 ''Film/TheHobbitAnUnexpectedJourney'' as Gandalf
* 2007 ''Film/TheGoldenCompass'' as Iorek Byrnison (voice)
* 2006 ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' as Magneto
* 2006 ''Film/TheDaVinciCode'' as Sir Leigh Teabing
* 2005 ''Film/{{Neverwas}}'' as Gabriel Finch
* 2003 ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings: The Return of the King'' as Gandalf
* 2002 ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings: The Two Towers'' as Gandalf
* 2002 ''Film/X2XMenUnited'' as Magneto
* 2001 ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings: The Fellowship of the Ring'' as Gandalf
* 2000 ''Film/XMen1'' as Magneto
* 1998 ''Film/AptPupil'' as Kurt Dussander
* 1998 ''Film/GodsAndMonsters'' as James Whale
* 1996 ''[[RasputinTheMadMonk Rasputin]]'' as Czar Nicholas II
* 1995 ''Film/RichardIII'' as Richard III
* 1994 ''Film/TheShadow'' as Dr. Reinhardt Lane
* 1993 ''Film/LastActionHero'' as [[Film/TheSeventhSeal Death]]
* 1983 ''Film/TheKeep'' as Dr. Theodore Cuza


* 2013+ ''Series/{{Vicious}}'' as Freddie Thornhill
* 2009 ''Series/ThePrisoner2009'' as 2
* 2006 ''Series/{{Extras}}'' as Ian [=McKellen=]

* ActorAllusion: His appearance on ''Series/HaveIGotNewsForYou'' had constant references to his role in ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''.
* BadassGay: Not only he stands out for the gay right, he's Gandalf ''and'' Magneto, get over it.
* CannotSpitItOut / TwiceShy: Closest trope to his relationship with Creator/DerekJacobi while both were at [[{{Oxbridge}} Cambridge]]: by his own admission, he had a crush on Jacobi (who was in his class) that was "unexpressed and unrequited". Jacobi later said that he himself had a crush on [=McKellen=].
* CoolOldGuy: Only someone as cool as Ian [=McKellen=] could pull off roles like Gandalf and Magneto. Also, he's OneOfUs and by his own admission, [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS0WvzRVByg just loves and can't stop singing George Ezra!]]
* DeadpanSnarker: In the classic British fashion. His friends and coworkers all attest that he has an ''extremely'' dry sense of humor.
* EnforcedMethodActing: He hosted ''Series/SaturdayNightLive,'' and in one sketch played Dame Maggie Smith, being interviewed on Weekend Update. At one point he asked Jimmy Fallon, "Kiss for luck?" Fallon leaned over, clearly expecting a peck on the cheek. Ian grabbed him and gave him an open-mouthed smooch right on the lips, leaving Fallon visibly stunned. It was ''hilarious.''
* EverybodyKnewAlready: Or at least the first member of his family he came out to (his stepmother, both his biological parents sadly died before he was ready to come out) not only did not reject him in the slightest (nor did any of his family) she told him she'd known for years. [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2251451/Sir-Ian-McKellen-Coming-gay-best-thing-I-did.html As mentioned in this interview]].
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Creator/PatrickStewart (if you discount the "heterosexual" part as regards [=McKellen=]). No doubt this helped them sell the "friendly" part of the FriendlyEnemy relationship of Professor X and Magneto.
* HilariousInHindsight: [[invoked]] Even before [=McKellen=] was cast as Magneto, various versions of the ''ComicBook/XMen'' in different media had contained a significant amount of FoeYay, occasionally bordering on regular HoYay, between Magneto and Xavier.
* IsThisThingStillOn: During the filming of ''Film/TheHobbitTheDesolationOfSmaug'', he had to spend hours in a box with nothing but a microphone and pictures of the dwarves for company (the footage would be edited in to make him look taller than the dwarves), and was so upset by this that he exclaimed "This is ''not'' why I became an actor!" The microphone was still on and everyone on set heard him as a result.
* LargeHam: Just check him [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhEL0ioJwKQ#t=1m58s giving instructions on]] [[MundaneMadeAwesome changing a flat tire]].
* OneOfUs: [[http://runninguphill.tumblr.com/post/44148484203/sparkyhopper-aaaaaaaa This little gem]].
* MetaCasting: In ''Film/GodsAndMonsters'', he played James Whale, the director of ''[[Film/{{Frankenstein 1931}} Frankenstein]]'' and ''Film/BrideOfFrankenstein'', who was homosexual.
* StupidSexyFlanders: He apparently grew [[http://ewebean.tumblr.com/post/67490889883/sir-ian-murray-mckellen-i-swear-to-god very enamoured]] with Creator/CateBlanchett on the set of ''Film/TheHobbit''. Maybe a case of IfItsYouItsOK?
-->''"Her husband doesn't know but she and I are going to get married quite soon. Which will surprise a lot of people."''
* ThoseTwoGuys: With Creator/SylvesterMcCoy. They first worked togethered in ''King Lear'' and then in ''The Hobbit''.